Watsonians continue winning run against RH Corstorphine

Watsonians celebrate the dismissal of Michael Yellowlees, bowled by Ali Sadler and caught by Andrew Hislop
Watsonians celebrate the dismissal of Michael Yellowlees, bowled by Ali Sadler and caught by Andrew Hislop
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Watsonians captain Ewan Chalmers has praised the way his players have bounced back from a tricky start to the season to record three wins out of four in all competitions.

On Saturday the Myreside men travelled to East Barnton Avenue and defeated RH Corstorphine by seven wickets to give them their first victory in the CSL Eastern Premiership for 2015.

The result came hot on the heels of a Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy win over Murrayfield DAFS and a Scottish Cup success over RH Corstorphine.

And now Chalmers hopes his side can take their recently found form into this week when they face old rivals Heriot’s twice – on Thursday evening in the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy last eight and then on Saturday in the league.

Chalmers, who has scored 243 runs in the three wins including 74 not out on Saturday, said: “At the beginning of the season you always want to get off to a good start and in the first three matches we perhaps did not perform as well a we know we can.

“The Masterton win over Murrayfield DAFS seemed to give us a bit of a kick start and although we lost against Arbroath a few days after that we played better in that game.

“Last Sunday we played well to defeat Corstorphine in the Cup and I was glad that we managed to continue that good form with a pretty good all-round team performance on Saturday.”

Scotland cap Chalmers has been key to the recent good run while his younger brother Andrew and bowler Ally Sadler, who turned 18 last Friday, have also been at the forefront of the action. Andrew Chalmers scored 50 against Arbroath, 58 in the Cup against Corstorphine and then 44 not out on Saturday while he has also chipped in with a few wickets.

At the weekend, with ’Sonians chasing 203 to win, Chalmers junior joined his brother at the crease and they put together a century stand to push their side home.

Earlier in the day Sadler, who used to play for RH Corstorphine, opened the bowling and took three wickets.

“Andrew has been batting really well while, for someone so, young Ally has got used to playing in this division regularly pretty quickly and I look forward to seeing him bowling in tandem with [former Scotland player] Dewald Nel in the coming weeks,” Chalmers added.

The defeat leaves RH Corstorphine without a league win yet this season despite captain Pete Steindl having done his best to lift his team with 51 not out.

Mazars Grange and Carlton are both still undefeated at the top end of the table after comfortable away wins at the weekend.

Grange player/coach John Blain took five wickets and captain Andrew Brock four as Autoecosse Forfarshire were bowled out for just 61 at Forthill, George Munsey then smashing 40 not out in the nine-wicket win.

Skipper Gordon Drummond took four wickets and Rory McCann made 86 not out in Carlton’s nine-wicket victory at Stoneywood-Dyce.

Heriot’s looked all set for a win when they bowled Falkland out for 121, but in reply the Capital men were 102 all out to lose by 19 runs.

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship, Sam Peachey hit a superb century as Marchmont defeated Freuchie.

Peachey made 111 not out and Corne Van Jaarsveld 79 before Matt Loeffen took six wickets in a 143-run victory.

Siddhanth Prasad led the way with 101 not out as Mazars Grange II defeated Holy Cross while Carlton II beat SMRH.

Steve Allen made 70 for Carlton with Ahmad Shah taking five wickets.

Edinburgh were thumped by leaders Glenrothes with Stuart&Stuart Penicuik defeating Murrayfield DAFS.